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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The moral degradation of the Black misleadership class reveals itself in the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s demise. Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, eager to curry favor with the First Black President, wind up endorsing his and George Bush’s War on Terror. “Does Rev. Jackson think Obama deserves a ‘huge psychological boost’ for having killed almost one thousand innocent civilian men, women and children in Pakistan last year with his drones.”

 

Sharpton and Jackson Endorse War on Terror

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Rev. Jackson urges Black people to be vicariously lifted by the ‘huge psychological boost’ that Navy SEAL’s bullets have given Obama.”

Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are two happy preachers. They’re happy because the First Black President – whom one of them works for, and the other one fears – is basking in the glow of Osama bin Laden’s demise. But they are even happier that the bin Laden turkey-shoot gives them a chance to say positive things about a chief executive who has presided over an economic catastrophe for Black people. Both preachers have come to believe that their job is to put Obama in the best light even when days are darkest for the rest of Black America. Sharpton gets paid very well to be a full-time Obama booster, while Rev. Jackson lives in fear that he’ll be shut out totally from the halls of power if he exhibits the least bit of disloyalty. Both reverends have become court jesters for Power, and now, cheerleaders for the so-called War on Terror.

Jesse Jackson said that the killing of bin Laden was a “huge psychological victory.” By this he clearly meant a psychological victory for Barack Obama, who put the hit out on bin Laden,just as he has placed American citizens on assassination lists with no recourse to due process. President Obama badly needed that psychological victory, since unemployment went up last month and now looms as the rock on which his presidency might shatter. Black unemployment shot up to 16.1 percent, more than twice the jobless rate for whites. Public sector jobs, where Blacks are disproportionately represented, are rapidly dwindling, and with them the last connections African Americans have to a secure middle class existence. President Obama has never – not once – given Black folks any indication that he will lift a political finger to address the gross racial disparities that define American life. But Rev. Jackson urges Black people to be vicariously lifted by the “huge psychological boost” that Navy SEAL’s bullets have given Obama.

Both preachers have come to believe that their job is to put Obama in the best light even when days are darkest for the rest of Black America.”

Then Rev. Jackson, who came to prominence as a young disciple of Dr. Martin Luther King, virtually endorsed the War on Terror begun by George Bush and prosecuted with even more lawless ferocity by Barack Obama. The Reverend tells Americans to remain vigilant. "The chapter on bin Laden ends now,” said Jackson, “but not the chapter on terrorism." Either Rev. Jackson has lost control of his mouth, or he was giving his blessing to a ratcheting up of Obama’s hyper-aggressive, illegal, and extraordinarily expensive wars. Jackson either needs to hand in his anti-war credentials right now, or find a good mouth doctor that will stop him from encouraging those who would increase the $1.2 trillion national security budget that is pushing human needs programs into the Valley of Death. Does Rev. Jackson think Obama deserves a “huge psychological boost” for having killed almost one thousand innocent civilian men, women and children in Pakistan last year with his drones, and is guaranteed to kill even more this year?

Rev. Al Sharpton shows that he is as crude and vulgar as his mentor Don King. Sharpton compliments Obama for being “cool under fire” – as if the world is attacking the White House, rather than the other way around. Obama, says Sharpton, “can see the bigger picture.” It does not bother Sharpton that Obama’s bigger picture means bigger wars. Which is alright with Sharpton, as long as he gets a bigger check.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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